We’re living in crazy times right now, but wouldn’t it be great to say you took something positive out of it? We’ve already shared ways you can show your sneaker collection some love while social distancing, but you should also be showing yourself some love, too.
With most sports out of commission for the time being, many have decided to escape the confines of their homes with a healthy jog around the block. Now, we applaud you for getting off the couch and staying fit, but we can’t excuse an old, beaten-up pair of running shoes.
You probably won’t want to pavement pound in your Air Jordan 1s or the latest Travis colab (we don’t recommend it!), so we compiled some of best performance running silhouettes on the market right now. You won’t need to worry about the warm-down, either – you’ll be able to rock these all day, every day.
adidas UltraBOOST PB
There’s not much to say about the game-changing UltraBOOST silhouette that you probably don’t already know, but the new PB model definitely takes things up a notch from past iterations. The familiar BOOST-cushioned comfort and energy-return remains, but speed upgrades come by way of a new lightweight upper mesh – the lightest adidas makes! Once you’ve recorded your new PB, you won’t be missing Primeknit.
New Balance Trail Hierro v5
If you’re not keen to stick to the pavement, New Balance have you covered. Get among the trail-sneaker revolution with the Trail Hierro v5, powered with Fresh Foam cushioning and a Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsole. Your next trek is bound to be your cushiest yet.
Pssst. You can also grab 25 per cent off via New Balance right now!
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6
Running specialists HOKA ONE ONE may not be among the big players in the sneaker world, but their loyal devotees swear by them. The Bondi has been one of company’s staple silhouettes for some time, and its sixth iteration is the brand’s most-cushioned running shoe ever. The oversized compression-moulded sole design will definitely appeal to those who appreciate a bit of chunk, while signature Meta-Rocker tech ensures a smooth ride. Available in a regular and wide fit, the 100 per cent vegan Bondi 6 definitely ticks a lot of boxes.
We all love ASICS’ heritage classics, but the Japanese label has a reputation among the running fraternity rivalled by few others. ASICS made huge strides with the METARIDE runner in 2019, and they’ve continued to innovate, expanding their offering with the super-lightweight EVORIDE. Building on the same tech, the new silhouette lessens overall load with a curved sole design and a stiff forefoot. With its $120 price point, the EVORIDE has to be a contender for the best-value runner out there right now. Break your PB without breaking the bank!
Nike Vaporfly 4%
It’s been around the block a fair bit now, but Nike’s all-conquering Vaporfly 4% Flyknit is still a favourite among casuals to elite marathon runners all over the world. No surprises why – the Flyknit upper delivers lightweight, breathable support, while the responsive foam and full-length carbon plate deliver unparalleled spring in each step. We know Team Swoosh have something new and shiny around the corner, but the Vaporfly 4% will always be remembered for ushering in the Breaking2 era. Pssst… if you’re a NikePlus member, you can get 25 per cent off your pair.